Given what one can access (learn, do, apply, respond/complain, file, etc.) with online access, I think we should finally consider it a basic constitutional right. Such a right can be taken away by the government, e.g., prisoners lose their liberties, among them free, unmonitored communication is one, but I don't think "megacorp, inc." should be the one deciding who gets access and who does not. In the US, it can potentially be dicey since there are only 3-4(?) telecoms that control access to the networks.
It's 2009, not 1995. Future politicians need people like us to educate them on this issue. I figure the current ones are still wondering what email really is.